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August 2



Saturday, August 2, 11:15 am - 11:45 am

Children ages four to seven are invited to hear a story in the galleries. Student docents and UMMA staff will bring art to life as they read stories related to the art on display and invite responses from our youngest patrons. Each story is followed by a short art activity. Parents must accompany children. Siblings are welcome to join the group.  




categories: Family, Gallery Talks and Tours

August 3

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 3, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 7



Thursday, August 7, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost:  $10/person. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details and logistics or email modernists@a2modern.org.

This walking tour will look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills.  The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, William Muschenheim, David Osler and Herbert Johe.  It will provide a historical overview of the area and will conclude with an interior view of Herbert Johe’s Holcomb residence (1959).  Current homeowner Glenn Watkins will be present to answer questions.   The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.

For more information about this and other architectural tours, please contact a2modern online at a2modern.org/ or by emailing modernists@a2modern.org

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is the final in a series of architectural exhibitions that also featured Michigan Architects David Osler (Part 1) and Robert Metcalf (Part 2). It is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan. 

The U-M Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

August 10



Sunday, August 10, 2 pm - 5 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost:  $10/person. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details and logistics or email modernists@a2modern.org.

Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by.  Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof.  The inside was a total mess.  In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities.
“It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office.  He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot.   The tour will show how a historical building  can successfully be repurposed.  The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building. 

Light refreshments will be served.

a2modern is a local organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor's modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.

For more information about this and other architectural tours, please contact a2modern online at a2modern.org/ or by emailing modernists@a2modern.org

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is the final in a series of architectural exhibitions that also featured Michigan Architects David Osler (Part 1) and Robert Metcalf (Part 2). It is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.

The U-M Collections Collaborations series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program



Guided Tour

Sunday, August 10, 2 pm - 3 pm

The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. The artists in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as photography, performance and installation art. Join UMMA docents for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours





Sunday, August 10, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Indigenous short and experimental videos have exploded in the past decade.  This selection of films references the history of colonialism and its contemporary, intergenerational legacy through stories about survival, power, resistance, beauty, and cultural continuity and transformation.Indigenous short and experimental videos have exploded in the past decade.  This selection of films references the history of colonialism and its contemporary, intergenerational legacy through stories about survival, power, resistance, beauty, and cultural continuity and transformation.

Selections include:

Robert's Paintings (2011, Canada, 52 min) by Shelley Niro is about the life and career of Robert Houle. Courtesy of V-Tape, Toronto.

The Gift (2011, Canada, 2 min) by Terril Caulder

Because of Who I Am (2010, United States, 4 min) by Marcella A. Ernest

PowWowWow (2011, Canada, 3:38 min) by Lisa Jackson

Algonquin (2011, Canada, 4:39) by Travis Schilling

Make Your Escape (2010, Canada, 7:30 min) by Ehren Bearwitness Thomas

Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe image and word warrior, curator, community animator, arts consultant from Beausoleil First Nation. Currently she is curator in residence at the Justina M. Barnicke gallery and teaching a graduate course at University of Toronto. She was the 2013 Dame Nita Barrow Distinguished Visitor at University of Toronto. She has her Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Nanibush currently has an exhibition KWE, The Art of Rebecca Belmore up at the Justina M Barnicke gallery and one up at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery called Sovereign Acts.


Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Native American Studies Program, and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program, Film

August 17

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 17, 2 pm - 3 pm

Any photographic portrait marks an encounter between the person executing the image and the person posing for it. The sixteen photographs included in this exhibition speak to an especially charged collaboration between photographer and model in that they are all portraits of artists. UMMA Docents will share this suite of remarkable and entertaining photographs in which we witness the surreal to the seemingly straightforward, to artists becoming compelling participants in their own compositions.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 24

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 24, 2 pm - 3 pm

The art in this major traveling exhibition celebrates the richness and diversity of contemporary Native and First Nations art. The artists in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 interpret and redefine such traditional media as basketry, beadwork, textiles, wood, metalwork and stone, as well as look to contemporary media such as photography, performance and installation art. Join UMMA docents for an exploration of this compelling exhibition. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

August 29



Friday, August 29, 8 pm - 11 pm
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery I
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery II
Apse
Classroom
Commons
Entry Lobby
Forum
Forum Court
Galleries
Helmut Stern Auditorium
Irving Stenn, Jr, Family Project Gallery
Multipurpose Room
New Media Gallery
Vertical Gallery
Free for UM students

UMMA and Arts at Michigan celebrate Welcome Week by introducing new University of Michigan students to the wide array of possibilities for arts participation on campus. This evening event will feature live music and performances, WCBN DJs, dance, poetry, film, games, prizes, and a variety of art-making activities.

 Co-sponsored by Arts at Michigan and supported by the University of Michigan Credit Union.

categories: UM Student Programs

August 30

Paramodel

Saturday, August 30, 11 am - 5 pm
Project Gallery

This exhibition will present Paramodel, an art collaborative established by two contemporary Japanese artists, Yasuhiko Hayashi (born 1971) and Yûsuke Nakano (born 1976), in Osaka in 2001. Paramodel works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, video, and photography, often combining pieces in site-specific installations that seek to construct a parallel world of "play" intersecting with the real world. For UMMA's exhibition, Paramodel will create a new installation derived from their most famous series, paramodelic-graffiti. In a mesmerizing network of blue-colored model railroads that fill flat surfaces in and beyond the gallery, the installation will transgress the boundaries of space, media, and art production, collapsing the distinction between gallery and street; between two-dimensional drawing and three-dimensional object; and between creator and spectator. The exhibition will create an experience for visitors full of what the team calls "paradoxes."

Though they've shown extensively in Asia and Europe over the past ten years, this marks Paramodel's first solo exhibition of work in the United States. The collaborative recently presented a solo exhibition at the Hermès Foundation in Paris.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and Center for Japanese Studies and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Credit Union and the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.

categories: Exhibitions Related Program

August 31

Guided Tour

Sunday, August 31, 2 pm - 3 pm

UMMA docents will guide visitors through the galleries on tours as diverse as their interests and areas of expertise. Each docent plans a theme and includes a variety of styles and media to illuminate his or her ideas. Themes may be repeated but each docent's approach and choice of objects is unique. 

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours